Reed left off America East first team; Yacob earns All-Rookie honors

By Travis Eldridge
By Mike Peal

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 8, 2014 at 12:01 AM EST

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Despite leading the conference in rebounding for the second straight year and finishing second in the America East in scoring, Binghamton University sophomore Jordan Reed was left off the all-conference men's basketball first team on Friday.

Instead, Reed was named to the America East All-Conference second team by the league's coaches.

He was named the conference's player of the week four times throughout the season, and was the first America East player to record back-to-back 30-point games since 2005.

"I was disappointed for him because I thought he should have been on the first team, but I'm not going to sit here and cry about it and he's not going to sit here and cry about it," said coach Tommy Dempsey. "Last year he was on the third team, this year he was on the second team, hopefully next year with continued improvement he's on the first team."

After the awards were given out, Reed said his focus is on Saturday's quarterfinal against Hartford.

"Around this time it's more important to worry about this weekend because ultimately the goal is winning a championship," said Reed. "That reward of being the best team no matter what ranking they have for us would be way more gratifying than any team I could have gotten today."

Vermont's Sandro Carissimo, Clancy Rugg and Brian Voelkel all got first-team honors, with Hartford's Mark Nwakamma and Jameel Warney making up the rest of the team. Warney was the conference's pick for player of the year.

BU freshman guard Yosef Yacob was the Bearcats lone member on the America East All-Rookie team. Yacob averaged nearly 12 points per game this season for the Bearcats.

After some of his freshman classmates stole the show early in the season for the Bearcats, Yacob's play late in the season helped propel BU to a number of conference wins.

"It's a great experience and a great honor," said Yacob. "There's a lot of great players, especially the youth, so it's a big deal that I actually got to make the team."

Reed, Yacob and the rest of the sixth-seeded Bearcats take on third-seed Hartford on Saturday at Albany's SEFCU Arena in the America East quarterfinal round.

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